Ambassador Meyer to the Secretary of State.
St. Petersburg, July 26, 1905.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your instruction No. 50, dated July 10, the same being in answer to my dispatch No. 16 of April 28.
As further efforts seemed futile to secure the unconditional removal of the existing discriminating duties on certain products of the United States, I sounded Mr. Kokovtzoff, the Russian minister of finance, as to his willingness to adjust existing differences by means of a commercial agreement with the United States on the basis of section 3 of the tariff act of 1897. Mr. Kokovtzoff, after reading the section referred to, replied quite frankly that it was his desire to remove the present discriminations, but as these duties had been levied during Mr. Witte’s tenure of office, he felt that the latter should be taken into consideration. Therefore he requested me to address a letter to him making the suggestion that I had made verbally. * * *
I inclose herewith copy of my letter addressed to the minister of finance.
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